Omet Kak, a senior at Des Moines North, and Whitney Westrum, a senior at Waukee, were named the outstanding high school boys’ and girls’ performers at the Drake Relays.
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DES MOINES — They’d spent their high school careers chasing “a special moment.”
An all-time Iowa best — in their final race of their final Drake Relays. Yeah, that’s special.
Waukee ran the 1,600-meter relay like no girls team in Iowa has run it before. Whitney Westrum outdueled Sioux City East’s Ellen Dougherty in the final stretch to give the Warriors the gold in 3:50.21. East’s 3:50.58 also beat the former standard (3:51.70), set by Starmont 28 years ago.
DES MOINES — Photo finishes were the theme of the girls’ races at the Drake Relays Friday.
Gabriel Williams of Sioux City West edged Iowa City West’s Jessica Gehrke by 6-hundredths of a second in the 100-meter dash. Shelby Houlihan of Sioux City East trimmed North Tama’s Sara Stoakes by 5-hundredths of a second in the 800-meter run.
“I didn’t know I’d won until they handed me the (championship) flag,” Houlihan said.
And in the 100-meter hurdles, Susan Rodriguez of Pleasant Valley upset Logan-Magnolia’s Alex Gochenour. The difference: 2-thousandths of a second, 15.168 to 15.170.
DES MOINES — Pick a distance. Any distance.
One hundred meters, on polyurethane? Sara Stoakes is a state champion.
Four thousand meters, on grass? She’s golden there, too.
Anything in between? She’s money.
Throw in some hurdles, just for fun? Why not?
Plain and simple, Stoakes possesses range that borders on absurd.
DES MOINES — Be yourself, Alan Webb tells himself.
“Last year, I was trying to be Superman, and I ended up getting nothing out of it,” said Webb, who returns to the Drake Relays next week to compete in the invitational mile. “I learned a lot last year. It wasn’t the most fun year I’ve had in my career. I didn’t ever get into the groove of competing.”
Slowed by injuries, Webb failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, finishing fifth in the 1,500-meter trials.
He withdrew from Drake, saying, “My training hasn’t progressed to where I feel I can deliver the type of performance that I would like … I hope to be able to make up for it and come back next year.”
Next year is here. And fans hope Webb, 26, can duplicate his 2007 magic — a Drake-record 3:51.71 mile that ranked No. 1 on an active Drake Relays poll as the most memorable highlight in the event’s first 99 years.
“He completely lit up the blue oval,” said Drake Relays director Brian Brown.